Space & Innovation

If Enough People Stomp At Once, Can It Cause An Earthquake?

Sporting events gather a lot of people into one place, and they can get pretty rowdy. Does all this commotion have an effect on the planet?

Stadiums are one of the few times a large number of people gather to a controlled place, so while most of them are focused on the field, we can use this rare mass gathering to do some cool studies.

With so much human in one confined space, there would have to be some kind of effect on the planet, right?

Well, in fact, fans in stadiums have been found to affect seismometer readings, registering what resemble tiny earthquakes. They can also affect the humidity of the air inside a stadium! And the loudest a stadium crowd has ever been rivals the sound of a jet.

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